Neuman's Two Homers Lead TCU to 5-1 Win Over Saint Louis
March 21, 2003
ST. LOUIS - Chris Neuman (Fort Worth, Texas/Western Hills) homered twice and Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) fell just a double short of hitting for the cycle to spark TCU's 5-1 Conference USA victory over Saint Louis Friday evening at the Billiken Sports Complex.
Neuman's home runs came in the form of a two-run shot to right field in the fourth inning and an opposite-field solo blast to left center in the eighth. The two-run job scored Meeks to give the Horned Frogs a 3-0 lead, while the eighth-inning long ball closed out the scoring for TCU (14-11, 3-1 C-USA). In all, the first baseman went 3-for-3 with three RBI and now leads C-USA with seven homers on the season.
Meeks added a 3-for-4 effort with a single in the second, a triple in the fourth and a leadoff homer in the sixth stanza. The left fielder scored a pair of runs and drove in another.
Not to be overshadowed by Neuman and Meeks' big nights was the performance of TCU starting pitcher Robbie Findlay (Toronto, Ontario/Michael Power). The right-hander continued his impressive return from injuries that cost him the entire 2002 season by striking out six in seven shutout innings. He allowed just four hits and three walks and earned the first win of his Horned Frog career, upping his season record to 1-0.
Catcher Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer) added the Frogs' third multi-hit performance of the night, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. In all, Neuman, Meeks and Hatcher combined to bang out eight of TCU's 10 hits.
Saint Louis (5-8, 0-4 C-USA) did not have a player register a multi-hit game. However, the Billikens' made the game interesting by loading the bases in the ninth inning and scoring their first-ever earned run versus the Horned Frogs. TCU kept SLU from pushing an earned run across the plate in the Frogs' three-game sweep last season in Fort Worth.
The two squads' will resume their three-game series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.